Category Archives: Second Chances

Restaurant Owner Offers Dumpster Diver a Free Meal

Many people turn a blind eye to the actions and fate of those who are homeless or otherwise so down on their luck as to be considered an outcast of society. But when Ashley Jiron realized that someone was digging around for food in her trash, her response was one of compassion and sorrow rather than annoyance or frustration.

Ashley, the owner of the recently opened sandwich shop in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, recently noticed that several bags of trash outside the restaurant had been broken open and that food scraps which had been there previously were missing.

Her response was to post notice outside the shop, which is called P.B. Jams, to let the person know that they didn’t need to get their next meal from the trash.

“To the person going through our trash for their next meal,
You’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster. Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j;, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.
-Your friend, the owner”

Jiron is resolved to keep the sign up until the person takes her up on the offer. After the wind blew away the first copy of her note, she reposted it using 30 pieces of tape to ensure it would stay in place this time.

A patron walking in, Flavio Maluf, overheard our conversation and inquired as to why Ashley was doing this good deed and Ashley simply stated that, “I think we’ve all been in that position where we needed someone’s help and we just needed someone to extend that hand and if I can be that one person to extend that hand to another human being then I will definitely do it.”

A Second Chance

Last year, I was a victim of a car accident. It was a horrendous experience with a lengthy, painful recovery. In addition to suffering a broken leg and broken arm, I had major facial injuries when my face hit the steering wheel. My nose, jaw, and the socket around one of my eyes were shattered. I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror. I only saw an ugly stranger. I didn’t know how I could face the world again. My best friend gave me hope when she referred me to Dr. Rod Rodrich, a plastic surgeon practicing in Dallas, Texas. I had my doubts. Any time I thought of plastic surgery, face lifts, tummy tucks, and nose jobs came to mind. However, after reading Dr. Rohrich’s book, Navigate your Beauty, I discovered that Dr. Rodrich’s area of expertise extended beyond cosmetics.

More than a Cosmetic Surgeon

When I set up my first consultation, I was immediately put at ease. With 35 years in practice, Dr. Rodrich had seen many cases that were similar to mine and assured me that he would be able to help me with reconstructive surgery in order to restore my face to its former condition. While it is true that Dr. Rodrich performs a variety of cosmetic procedures, including breast enhancements an those that concern skin aging, his skill has been called upon many times to address patients in need of plastic surgery after a serious injury or illness that has altered their appearance.


A Cut Above the Rest

People who saw me after my accident and since I went to Dr. Rodrich are stunned. The remnants of my injuries are no longer noticeable. I understand why Dr. Rodrich is considered one of the top plastic surgeons in Dallas as noted by US News and World Report, as well as other noteworthy publications. In addition to being a surgeon, Dr. Rodrich has also been a professor, sharing his knowledge with others. As the founding chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, his commitment to his field surpasses others. I was in the best of care with Dr. Rodrich and will always be grateful he used his competent hands to help me take my life back.